LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 26 March, 2018
MILLIONS SECURED TO FIX POTHOLES
Nearly £6 million has been promised by the Government to help repair the many potholes in roads around Norfolk and Suffolk.
It’s part of a national promise of extra money from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for road repairs….with Norfolk receiving one of the highest amounts.
Nearly £3.5 million will go to Norfolk to sort out some of the damage with Suffolk also receiving a big amount of about £2.4 million.
The county authorities will now begin assessing which areas are in most need of urgent action.
Chairman of Norfolk’s environment committee, Martin Wilby says he’s delighted that the amount of extra funds from Government reflects the county having one of the largest road networks in the country.
SEARCH FOR MISSING AIRMAN MAN CALLED OFF
The search for missing airman Corrie McKeague has been called off by Suffolk police.
Detectives say they have no realistic lines of inquiry left after spending over £2 million and thousands of hours in a search for the 23 year old.
LOCAL MP CLEARED OF MISCONDUCT
Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter says he’s considering legal action, after being cleared of inappropriate behaviour to female colleagues.
An independent panel has found no sufficient evidence to support claims that were published in a Sunday newspaper.
He had been away on sick leave from Westminster since November, while under investigation.
Mr Poulter says he’s pleased by the news but was entirely unsurprised to have been exonerated as the claims were both false and scurrilous.
However, Mr Poulter says that the situation had taken a considerable toll on his health at times.
LONG STRATTON BUSINESS CENTRE TO OPEN LATER THIS SPRING
A new business centre in Long Stratton will soon be ready to welcome its first new tenants.
It’s expected that the bespoke centre at Maple Park will open later this Spring offering much-needed office space for businesses of all sizes.
The centre, along with 50 new homes nearby, some of them for rental, has been built by Big Sky Developments, which is operated by South Norfolk Council.
It’s seen as a pioneer project for local authorities.
The company is now looking at investing in major scale sites, working with other housing developers.
CITIZEN AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE GOOD FRIDAY
There’s just one week left for nominations for this year’s Diss Honoured Citizen and Junior Good Citizen awards.
The awards are aimed at recognising someone for good service who’s gone the extra mile to help others in the community.
A free nomination form can be downloaded from the Diss town council website but must be returned by next Friday 30th March.
Football…..and Diss Town brought their losing run of games,to an end when they drew away at Norfolk Senior Cup finalists Downham Town at the weekend 2-2.
Leading scorer Virgilio Leitao scored both goals including an equaliser in injury time to take his tally for the season to 20.
Ipswich Town chairman Marcus Evans says that a decision on the future of manager Mick McCarthy will be made next month.
He says he continues to have a good relationship with the manager whose position will be clarified by the end of April.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town have announced that they’re reducing season ticket prices by an average of 10 percent for next season.